the act of throwing stones at someone as a form of punishment:Any deviation from the norm might be punished by discrimination, torture, lapidation, or death.
the act of putting a person or animal to death by pelting them with stones:The stained glass near the rear of the church portrays the lapidation of St. Stephen the Martyr.
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How to use lapidation in a sentence
By the way they passed a sward of green, on which sundry little boys were engaged upon the lapidation of a lame duck.The Caxtons, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
By the way they passed a sward of green, on which sundry little boys were engaged upon the lapidation, or stoning, of a lame duck.
"lapidation" is good; it is much more elegant than "stoning."A Tramp Abroad, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)